This could work under Fedora and other RHEL flavored distributions…
Download the first CD of CentOS
Edit March 31 2006 :
I found out you can avoid downloading the full first CD (See ftp://ftp.belnet.be/mirror/ftp.centos.org/4/os/i386/images/README)
This directory contains image files that can be used to create media capable of starting the CentOS-4 i386 installation process.
The boot.iso file is an ISO 9660 image of a bootable CD-ROM. It is useful in cases where the CD-ROM installation method is not desired, but the CD-ROM’s boot speed would be an advantage.
To use this image file, burn the file onto CD-R (or CD-RW) media as you normally would.
The diskboot.img file is a VFAT filesystem image that can be written to a USB pendrive or other bootable media larger than a floppy. Note that booting via USB is dependent on your BIOS supporting this. It should be written to the device using dd.
Download boot.iso : ftp://ftp.belnet.be/mirror/ftp.centos.org/4/os/i386/images/boot.iso Download diskboot.img : ftp://ftp.belnet.be/mirror/ftp.centos.org/4/os/i386/images/diskboot.img
Boot your machine using the CD
When asked, type “linux askmethod”
You’ll be asked for the method to use : local, NFS, HTTP, FTP… pick up HTTP
After a few steps (language and input preferences), you’ll need to setup your IP configuration, either by using DHCP or manually
You’ll be asked the server and folder containing the installation files of CentOS : –> Server : ftp.belnet.be –> Folder : /packages/centos/4.2/os/i386
The installer will ask some more questions and will start installing the OS downloading needed packages from the web !
Depending on your connection and options, it could take from around 30 minutes to several hours… It takes about 45 minutes to complete a workstation configuration (around 2.5 Gb installation uncompressed) using a DSL 3.3 Mbps line